Well, folks ... bit off about as much as I could chew today. I decided to park a mile and change away from Burke Lake and give it a go from there. This one took a little grit, because the 1.2 miles to Burke Lake was mostly uphill.
I don't think I want to break this distance record (of seven miles!) for awhile. At 73°, it was mild, but my face was a salt-encrusted mess at the end. Someone could just rotate a frosted bar glass on my cheeks and, voila, you're ready to pour the Margarita. Like my last 5.5 mile run, I maintained a 4.7 mph average.
The very last tenth of a mile was a brutal uphill. It had been part of my warm-up walk on the way out. But, I was determined to hit that seven mile mark. As usual, I will include the stats and the heart rate for completeness.
As best as I can figure, there is only 0.39 miles left unexplored. Maybe someday, I'll run the whole system. For now I'm going to sit carefully and contemplate further anti-chafe applications. Until next time.